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Complainant Name:
Mr George Galloway MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

George Galloway MP complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported that he was to attend an East London rally with radical Muslim cleric, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi. He made the following further points: no rally was planned; he was not invited to any rally; Mr Sayeedi was reported to be in Bangledesh at the time of the alleged rally; and no effort was made to contact his office prior to publication despite a press release being issued on the previous day refuting the story which first appeared in The Times newspaper.

Resolution:

The newspaper accepted that it had made a mistake and offered to publish an apology to the complainant. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology: 'George Galloway MP. Contrary to our reports (Ban this beast and Kill Britsí Hate Cleric let into UK, July 15), we would like to make clear the Respect MP George Galloway was not scheduled to attend a rally or any other event alongside Islamist cleric Delwar Hossain Sayeedi. We did not contact Mr Galloway before publication of this report. We are happy to correct the record and apologise to Mr Galloway for the error'.

Report: 73



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